On Friday 14th August 2015, I competed in the inaugural Ipswich Twilight 10k road race. My first competitive race since completing the London Marathon back in April.
The event consisted of two races. The elite 5k starting at 7:00 pm, and the mass 10k at 7:30 pm. The whole idea being to beat the sunset!
The 10k started a little later than planned due to having to waitfor all the 5k runners to finish. Then we were off to complete twofast/flat laps around Ipswich Town Centre on closed roads. There was even a detour into Portman Road football ground (sorry you Canary fans out there!). My official chip time was 45:13. 13th lady, and 130th out of a field of 697. I was quite pleased with this time, considering I’ve been hampered with injuries recently, which has affected my training.
The 10k race was won overall by Tom Fairbrother of Woodbridge Shufflers in time of 33:30, and the 1st lady was Samantha Amend in 36:33.
I thoroughly recommend this race. It’s a brand new event, well organised by the well-established Ipswich Jaffa running club. It’s fast, it’s flat and a rare opportunity to run on locally closed roads, so if you are after a PB (or are a Tractor Boys supporter!) it might be worth the drive to Ipswich. Even better if you are lucky enough to be able to run 5k in under 20-mins for men and 22-mins for women, then you qualify to start the elite 5k with some of the best runners in the region, and even in the country! Olympic runner Chris Thompson was on the start line this year. At the finish line helping to present the prizes was our very own local running hero Paul Evans. After the success of this first year, I feel this is one running event that will grow in popularity and stature in the years to come.